Harris government announces $347,000 to help young adults with developmental disabilities in Windsor-Essex
TORONTO, March 2 /CNW/ - The Ontario government will provide $347,000 in new funding to help young adults with developmental disabilities in Windsor- Essex who are graduating from the school system, Minister of Community and Social Services John Baird announced today.
The Windsor-Essex Community Planning Committee for Adult Developmental Services proposal was one of 21 chosen in the second round of funding for a $6 million Foundations initiative. The aim of Foundations is to develop innovative day program options for people with developmental disabilities who are leaving the education system.
"This funding will make a tremendous difference in the lives of young people with developmental disabilities in our community," said Baird. "It will ensure that after they leave the school system they are provided with opportunities leading to a brighter and more independent future."
Foundations is designed to support innovative programs that help address the individual needs of young adults with developmental disabilities leaving school, whether that is help getting a job, support for a volunteer activity, or instruction on a computer.
"This government is committed to helping young adults with developmental disabilities successfully integrate into the community after school," said Baird. "We expect these Foundations projects will help make the next stage in their lives more rewarding."
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For further information: Mike Van Soelen, Minister's Office, (416) 325-5213; Dianne Lone, Ministry of Community and Social Services, (416) 325-5156; For more information visit http://www.gov.on.ca/CSS.